RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

“Our Commitment to Responsible Tourism and You”

CUSCO EXPLORER recognizes the need to care for our fragile environment and to operate responsible tourism in order to protect our history, culture and the environment for future generations.
we are conscious that we are extremely fortunate to be able to live and work in such beautiful and diverse areas as the Inca Trail, Salkantay Glacier Trek, Ausangate Glacier and Choquequirao Treks, etc.. we are very aware of the fragile nature of our environment, with rapidly receding glaciers, water shortages and strains on the delicate flora and fauna of the mountain areas, why we take the necessary care in our treks.
We are also conscious that as our business has grown, we have been able to provide good employment to many people, from the guides, Cook, horsemen and their assistants who come from the small villages high in the mountains.

SUPORTING LOCAL PEOPLE

All of our owners and staff are Peruvian. All of our guides, cooks, porters and arrieros are from the Cusco and highlands region with the majority coming from villages in the surrounding countryside.
CUSCO EXPLORER has started a community projects fund to which is contributes a portion of trekking profits each year. This fund is used to contribute to local community projects, donate school supplies and equipment or clothing to needy or poor communities in the regions that we trek through in the Cordillera Vilcanota.
We are also working in consultation with local communities to provide toilet facilities & rubbish disposal facilities in campsites in areas where there are not. This is not a rapid process, and there are always local obstacles & resistance to overcome, but it is our hope to contribute to at least a few toilets in some areas over the next 2 to 5 years.

RESPECT FOR OUR STAFF

We employ local people and pay them a fair (above average) wage helping to put money into the local economy. All trekking staff is paid punctually at the end of each trek.
We treat our employees with the respect that they deserve and expect our office staff and guides to do the same with all our trek crew. We listen to comments and complaints from our staff and in the last years we have dismissed some cooks and guides because we felt that they were not treating our trek staff or clients respectfully.
We have worked hard to provide the best possible working conditions for our trek staff include limiting the load that we give to the porters to carry to 20kg. We provide our porters and donkey drivers with waterproof tents and plenty of nutritious food. Porters and staff are provided with the same food our clients eat during trekking.

CARING FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT WHILE TREKKING


Rubbish
we operate on zero litter tolerance. Rubbish is separated in organic and inorganic. All inorganic rubbish is removed back to our base in Cusco for disposal at the council facility. Where possible, organic rubbish is given to local families for animal food.
Toilet
Where there are no public toilet facilities in some campsites, we use a toilet tent and bury the toilet waste from our groups Where it is possible, we make toilet holes at least 50m away from water sources. Our guides or a personal carry a small shovel/trowel. If you need to make a toilet stop during the day, please ask for this and bury your waste and paper in a small hole away from water.
Water Pollution
We recognize the seriousness of water pollution caused by soaps and detergents being put into river systems and lakes. While this is common practice by local people living in the mountains and cannot be controlled by us, we attempt to control our own behaviour and minimise the effect on the environment that our groups have.
We have small laundry bowls available for your use.
We have requested that our crews also do the same. Crew should wash dishes and pots in large wash bowls and throw the detergent water well away from water sources. We promote the proactive participation of workers in safe environmental practices through annual pre-season training courses and monitoring of workers practices during treks.

CARING FOR PLANTS AND ANIMALS


Treat all plants, birds and animals with care and respect. They are unique and many of them are rare.
We expect donkey drivers to take good care of their donkeys and horses, that the animals will be well fed, in good condition and well cared for. The maximum allowable weight evenly distributed a donkey is to carry is 40kgs or less.
*If you witness our crews not abiding by these policies, please inform the guide and also inform us upon your return to Cusco. It is important that this special part of the world is left in the pristine condition for others to enjoy for generations to come.